NIA Reception 2020In this second year of the Nurse Innovator Award, up to $62,000 was available to support innovations submitted through our application. With more than twice as many applicants this year, once again the selection of winners wasn't easy.

The winners were announced at the Virtual Reception held on November 18, 2020, hosted by Mary Ito, of CBC. Watch this space for a link to the recorded event.

We believe that each of this year's winning projects will have positive impact on nursing and patients for years to come. With deep appreciation to the NIA Founding Donors, the Friends and Supporters, and other donors, we are proud to profile the 2020 RNFOO Nurse Innovator Award Winners.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to read the complete information about the winning projects. We are confident that you will be impressed and inspired. As noted by Zayna Khayat in her comments at our First NIA Reception, we believe that “The future of nursing is in good hands.”

Update: July 2021

The Your Storyline team is developing a health-focused storytelling process, using focus groups and pilot testing to design an App.
We have worked with patient and community stakeholder partners throughout to ensure that communication of the digital storytelling process is intuitive and human centered. Steve Coppola of Input UX, who has a wealth of experience in app development, is working with us to translate our vision into detailed on-screen experiences that are memorable and engaging for Your storyline target users: patients, caregivers, community members and healthcare providers.

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Read more: Your Storyline App

Update: July 2021

Our team is developing a comprehensive online wound care educational module for nurses and nursing students, featuring a series of virtual simulation games (VSGs) with embedded self-assessment, formative assessment, and an innovative virtual simulation quiz (VSQ) for summative assessment. The proposed video-based virtual simulation games will support knowledge of assessment, etiology, treatment and clinical decision-making related to four common wound classifications: (1) pressure injuries, (2) venous insufficiency ulcers, (3) diabetic foot ulcers and, (4) surgical wounds.

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Read more: Wound Care Education

Update: July 2021

Connected Care on The Go! is a mobile solution that innovates to enable rapid delivery of scarce and specialized paediatric training supplies straight into the hands of remote learners. Home care nurses and children/families receive delivery of customized packages of resources needed to practice their skills while being coached virtually by a Connected Care Resource Nurse. Funded in winter 2021 by RNFOO, this project tests Connected Care on the Go! in 10-12 diverse knowledge-users in home and community care from across the Greater Toronto Area.
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Read more: Connected Care On the Go

Wound Care Education

Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN, PhD, CCSNE, Queen's University
Kevin Woo, RN, PhD, Queen's University
Deborah Tregunno, RN, PhD, Queen's University
Jane Tyerman, RN, PhD, CCSNE, University of Ottawa
Barbara Wilson-Keates, RN, PhD, CCSNE, Athabasca University

Queens Award Amount: $15,000

Read more: Wound Care Education Team

Meet The Connected Care On the Go Team

Krista Keilty, NP-Paediatrics, PhD (SickKids)
Stephanie Chu, RN, BScN, MN (SickKids)
Sandra M McKay, PhD, MBA (VHA)
Matthew Wong, RN, MN (VHA)

SickKids/VHA Award Amount: $16,300

Read more: Connected Care Team